Current Issues

With Bill C-25 in force, the amount of credit given for time served is capped at a 1-to-1 ratio; credit is to be given at a ratio of up to 1.5 to 1 only where circumstances justify it; courts are to explain the circumstances that justify a higher ratio; and the pre-sentencing credit ratio is limited to a maximum ratio of 1 to 1 for individuals detained in custody prior to sentencing because of a criminal record or a violation of bail. […]

The proposed legislation would require the courts to consider adult sentences for those convicted of these most serious crimes, when the circumstances require it.

Provinces and territories will still have the discretion to set the age at which this requirement would apply. For example, Quebec sets its threshold at 16 and older. The Minister said his proposal would not change that threshold. […]

The new legislation, The Ending Sentence Discounts for Multiple Murders Act, would allow judges to impose consecutive parole ineligibility periods on individuals convicted of more than one first- or second-degree murder. Under the current system, criminals convicted of multiple murders serve their parole ineligibility periods concurrently, meaning that they are eligible to apply for parole after just 10 to 25 years, […]

Bill C-14 will help to fight the threats to Canadians posed by organized crime. One of the main purposes of the bill is to facilitate the battle against organized crime, and to that end, it amends the Criminal Code (the Code) in essentially three ways:

  • It makes murders connected with organized crime activity (“for the benefit of, […]

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety introduce two separate pieces of legislation that will ensure law enforcement and national security agencies have the tools they need to fight crime and terrorism in today’s high-tech environment.

The Technical Assistance for Law Enforcement in the 21st Century Act will require service providers to include interception capability in their networks. […]

“This Government is taking a new approach to corrections by putting a greater focus on public safety,” said Minister Van Loan. “We are also putting the rights of victims first, by proposing changes to help keep them better informed.”

Proposed key reforms to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act include:

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“These amendments show that the government has remained firm in its determination to make sure that those who commit serious crimes serve time behind bars,” said Minister Nicholson. “We want to make it clear that conditional sentences will no longer be available to criminals who commit serious crimes.”

These reforms will add new requirements to further restrict when a conditional sentence can be imposed. […]

This means that criminals who commit first- or second-degree murder may no longer be able to apply for early parole.

“Our government believes murderers must serve serious time for the most serious crime,” said Minister Nicholson. “By ending ‘faint hope’ reviews, we are saying ‘No’ to early parole for murders. We are also sparing families the pain of attending repeated parole eligibility hearings and having to relive these unspeakable losses, […]

“Every Image, Every Child” gives an overview of the problem of Internet-facilitated child sexual abuse, provides limited historical information about what has been done by the federal government on the issue to date, identifies issues that negatively impact child victims and makes nine recommendations for positive change.

The nine recommendations touch on:

  • the term “child pornography”; […]